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Space launch providers submit proposals for National Security Space Launch program

2019-08-16
Four companies – Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, SpaceX, and United Launch Alliance (ULA) – recently submitted proposals for the U.S. Air Force's Phase 2 Launch Services Procurement (LSP) competition. Two of those companies will be awarded with up to 34 launches over a five-year period under the National Security Space Launch (NSSL) program.
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Orion launch abort system passes full-stress flight test

2019-07-09
The system is designed to lift the crew module off the launch vehicle’s engine stack in case of an emergency and steer it away from danger. According to NASA coverage, engineers have confirmed that the LAS can “outrun a speeding rocket.”
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L3 makes its C-130 modernization package available to global operators

2019-06-25
The new C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) is based on the company’s certified and fielded U.S. Air Force C-130 avionics solution and includes modern Communication, Navigation and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management-compliant (CNS/ATM-compliant) avionics and glass cockpit upgrades that integrate with modern satellite communications and automation systems.
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Can the Air Force reach a 24-hour launch window?

2019-06-13
In a “sources sought” notice titled Rapid Space Launch Initiative, the service is reaching out to American space launch companies to identify technical risks and challenges and develop demonstrations that would result in a launch within 24 hours of a “call up,” versus weeks or months.
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Sikorsky’s autonomous Black Hawk helicopter takes flight

2019-06-06
Sikorsky tested a new full-authority, fly-by-wire flight control technology kit for the first time on a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk medium-lift utility helicopter. The flight marked the beginning of the flight test program for the soon-to-be optionally piloted rotorcraft.
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